The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the government about the delay in approving the college’s recommendations for the appointment of judges at various high courts.
A bench owned by Supreme Judge Sharad A. Bobde, Judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant asked the center if there was a schedule for government approval of such recommendations.
“If you do not comment on the recommendations of the college for five months, it is a big problem,” Justice Kaul noted orally.
The bank found that the recommendations of the Bombay and Allahabad High Courts date back to May or June last year. 189 proposals for judicial appointments are still pending.
“What is your timeline for responding to these recommendations on the appointment of judges? It took the government more than a year to reply … You say the secret service is still pending and some prime ministers have not replied. We want to know your schedule ”, the court turned to Attorney General KK Venugopal.
The bank has been notified in front of high courts not involved in the petition by Lok Prahari, an NGO, requesting the appointment of additional judges in high courts.
“We expect the high courts to express their views on the matter at hand. The un implicit high courts are being used as party respondents in this matter, ”the Apex court ordered.
In February of last year, the Supreme Court expressed concern about the increasing number of job offers in various high courts. Some of them only functioned at half their sanctioned strength. On average, the high courts have at least 40% vacancies in the judiciary, as the court found at the time.
Mr Venugopal stated at the time that the College had also delayed the appointment process. The government’s delay was largely due to the fact that it had thoroughly combed the candidate’s history so as not to leave room for error. The process takes an average of at least 127 days.
On the other hand, it takes the judiciary an average of 119 days to just forward the file to the government.
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